Reims Cathedral hit by German shellfire in 1914

Champagne and World War One: Champagne lost people, vineyards, buildings and markets as a result of vicious fighting during World War One. Don and Petie Kladstrup, writing in their book…

Dom Perignon - Oz Clarke

Prestige Cuvée champagnes don’t get a massively good rap among normal wine drinkers. They’re fiendishly expensive and they often seem to be drunk only by celebs and Eurotrash who’ve definitely…

Barolo, La Morra, Piemonte

For most of the last 100 years, Barolo has been talked of as Italy’s leading wine. Brunello di Montalcino (currently very trendy in Italy) takes a tilt at it now…

takaji

I’ve always presumed it was the gorgeous taste of Tokaji that first made it famous, or indeed its legendary restorative powers that had the great and good of Europe queuing…

Jean-Guillaume Prats: The 1855 Classification

I view the 1855 classification as an aristocratic title. You are born a duke, baron or prince because one of your ancestors behaved as such before you. Whether or not…